Asian Bowling News Overview



Francis Tan wins both rounds Thursday at WBT Thailand

Malaysian shoots 1460 series to lead the remaining 12 bowlers into a fourth round clash with the top 8 qualifiers; WBT women's point ranking leader, Danielle McEwan is the only woman in Friday's Round of 20

2016WBTThailandFrancisTan_small.jpg Francis Tan, a two-handed player from Malaysia, who led the second round earlier this afternoon at Blu-O Paragon Bowl in Bangkok, Thailand, with 1318, improved by 142 pins to also win the third round in the World Bowling Tour Thailand event with 1460 and an average of 243.33. Tanstarted his six-game set with four consistently high games (235, 224, 223 and 232) before he ran away with 268 and 278. Tan will lead the top 12 into a fourth round clash on Friday morning with the top 8 qualifiers, who bypassed Thursday's round 2 and 3.



Francis Tan sets the pace in Round 2 at WBT Thailand

2016WBTThailandRound2FinalistsTop3_small.jpg Francis Tan of Malaysia set the pace in Round 2 at the World Bowling Tour Thailand event Thursday afternoon at Blu-O Paragon Bowl in Bangkok, Thailand, to lead the top 10 into the third round with 1318 pinfall total and an average of 219.67 for six games. Tan (center) beat out Thailand's Pawat Ungtrakul (l.) for the top spot by 30 pins. Third place belonged to junior Team USA member Kamron Doyle (r.), who was further six pins behind Pawat with 1282, including a 249 last game.



Sean Rash wins qualifying in World Bowling Tour Thailand event

2016WBTThailandSeanRash_small.jpg Former PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash, United States, averaged 256.33 for nine games to win the qualifying in the World Bowling Tour Thailand tournament and to lead 42 players into the finals starting on Thursday at Blu-O Bowl in Bangkok, Thailand. The nine-time PBA champion (pictured), who won the WBT Thailand event in 2013, had three-game series of 814, 789 and 704 to lead the 83-player field from 18 countries with 2307 total. Rash and the next seven players received two byes.

2016 ABF Tour #4


Michael Mak, Han Kyeo Rae triumph in ABF Tour Hong Kong leg

Mak defeats Hardy Rachmadian in roll-off to win his second consecutive ABF Tour title; Han prevails in all-Korean women's final over Lee Na Young

2016ABFT04MichaelMakHanKyeoRae_small.jpg Michael Mak of Hong Kong (l.) continued hot hand and captured his third title in 10 days and the second consecutive on the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour defeating Hardy Rachmadian, Indonesia, in roll-off on home turf Monday at South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China. In an all-Korean women's final, Han Kyeo Rae (r.) topped Lee Na Young, 241-211, to seal the victory. Both champions received US$1,000 apiece while the runner-ups got US$500.

2016 ABF Tour


2016 Asian Bowling Federation Tour Schedule & Champions

ABFTourLogo_small.jpg The 2016 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour consists of six legs in East Asia featuring the top 16 Asian men and the top 16 Asian women of the foregoing international open tournaments, and four ranking tournaments in the Middle East in which the top 16 men in the finals standings receive ranking points. Alisports, the official partner of the ABF Tour provides US$4,000 for each of the six legs. The top 16 men and women at the end of the 2016 season will qualify for the Tournament of Champions in 2017.

Hong Kong


Lalisang, Cheah claim Open Masters titles at 42nd Hong Kong International

2016HKGOpenEstherCheahRyanLalisang_small.jpg Ryan Lalisang (r.) of Indonesia and Esther Cheah (l.) of Malaysia claimed the men's and women's Open Masters titles in the 42nd Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships Sunday at South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China. In the men's championship match, top-seeded Lalisang defeated Michael Mak of Hong Kong, 207-167. In the women's finals, second-seeded Cheah topped defending champion Lim So Hyun of Korea twice to seal the victory.

2016 ABF Tour #3


Michael Mak, Hsu Chun-Yi conquer ABF Tour Chinese Taipei leg

2016ABFT03MichaelMakHsuChunYi_small.jpg Fresh off his victory in the 16th Chinese Taipei International Open Michael Mak of Hong Kong defeated Hsu Chin-Tsai of Chinese Taipei, 267-222, to win his second title within two days in the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour's Chinese Taipei leg Sunday at Southern Bowling Center in Kaohsiung City. In an all-Taiwanese women's final, debutant Hsu Chun-Yi topped Tsai Hsin-Yi, 244-199, to become the first Taiwanese woman to win an ABF Tour title on Chinese Taipei soil.

Chinese Taipei


Michael Mak, Huang Chiung-Yao take 16th Chinese Taipei International Open titles

2016TPEOpenHuangChiungYaoMichaelMak_small.jpgHong Kong's Michael Mak and Chinese Taipei's Huang Chiung-Yao emerged as men's and women's Open Masters champion of the 16th Chinese Taipei International Open Bowling Championships Saturday at Southern Bowling Center in Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei. Top-seeded Mak held off Wu Hao-Ming, Chinese Taipei, in the men's title match, 257-244. Huang, seeded second in an all-Chinese Taipei women's stepladder finals, had to defeat top-seeded Chang Yu-Hsuan twice to win the title.

2016 ABF Tour #2


Daisuke Yoshida, Lee Young Seung win first ABF Tour title in Macau

2016ABFT02DaisukeYoshidaLeeYoungSeung_small.jpgDaisuke Yoshida of Japan and Korea's Lee Young Seung took full advantage of the World Bowling scoring system which debuted on the Asian Bowling Federation Tour when they captured their first ABFT title in Macau, China. Yoshida (l.) defeated Cheng Hsing Chao of Chinese Taipei, 245-218, to cruise to the men's title. 2015 Macau Open champion Lee claimed the women's title in her first ABF Tour event, when she topped Cheng's fellow countrywoman Wang Ya Ting, 223-190.



Rickle Kam shoots 300 to win 2016 Macau China International Open

Novie Phang secures women's title in deciding match

2016MacaoOpenRickleKamNoviePhang_small.jpg Top-seeded Rickle Kam of Hong Kong thrilled the spectators at COTAI Bowling Center in Macau, China, with a perfect game in his 300-249 victory over Daisuke Yoshida (right) of Japan in the men's championship match of the 2016 Macau China International Open. It was the sixth perfecto of the event. The women's title went to Novie Phang of Indonesia, who defeated Jang Ha Eun in the second and deciding game, 224-166, after losing the first game against the Korean, 192-170.

ABF Tour News


World Bowling's scoring system to debut at ABF Tour Macao

2016ABFTLogo_small.jpgAthletes and bowling fans in Asia will witness the debut of World Bowling's new scoring system at the 2016 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Macao leg on June 27, 2016 in Macao, China, which will be broadcast live in Malaysia and in China. The new scoring system was proposed by an all-star panel of international bowling experts, including World Bowling leaders, athletes, coaches, news media and commercial bowling industry experts.



Tomoyuki Sasaki, Mirai Ishimoto win 50th Japan All-Star Invite

2016NHKCupMiraiIshimotoTomoyukiSasaki_small.jpg Japan national team captain Tomoyuki Sasaki (l.) of Kanagawa and women's national member Mirai Ishimoto (r.) of the Intercollegiate Bowling Association of Japan won the men's and women's titles in the NHK Cup 50th Japan All-Star Invitational Championships at Shinsayama Grand Bowl to earn Japan's most prestigious individual bowling titles. It was the third victory in the Japan All-Star Championships for Sasaki and the first for reigning World Youth Masters champion Ishimoto.

2016 ABF Tour #1


Sam Cooley, Sharon Koh conquer ABF Tour Thailand leg

2016ABFT01SamCooleySharonKoh_small.jpg Aussie Sam Cooley and Sharon Koh of Malaysia remained undefeated to win the men's and women's titles in the 2016 Asian Bowling Federation Tour Thailand leg Monday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothinon in Bangkok. Cooley (l.) averaged 265.25 over four games and cruised to his third career ABFT title with a near-perfect 295-216 win against local favorite Yannaphon Larpapharat. Koh (r.) captured her her first ABFT title with a 227-213 victory over team mate Hee Kar Yen.



Kim Bolleby, Yanee Saebae win Thailand Open from top seed

2016ThailandOpenKimBollebyYaneeSaebae2_small.jpg Kim Bolleby and Yanee Saebae gave Thailand a clean sweep Open Masters titles in the 42nd MWA-SINGHA Thailand International Open Sunday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok. Bolleby (l.) sealed his second victory after 2014 by defeating Alex Liew of Malaysia for the men's title, 248-191. On the women's side, Saebae (r.) fell to Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia in the first game, 209-199, but rebounded with big 251-189 win in the decisive game to capture the title.

ABF Tour News


Alisports to be the Official Partner for the 2016 ABF Tour

2016ABFTLogo_small.jpgFor the first time since 2004, when the ABF Tour became the official Tour of Asian Bowling Federation, an official partner, Alisports, will be involved with the 2016 Tour commencing April when the ABF Tour -Thailand will be held on April 18 at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand. Established September 9th, 2015, Alisports will take care of the TV production and media exposure through their media platform for six of the legs of the 2016 ABF Tour.

United Arab Emirates


Naif Oqab bags 4th DIBC Open Masters title

2016DIBCOpenNaifOqab_small.jpg Top seed, Naif Oqab of the UAE lived up to seeding expectations to bag the Open Masters title of the 4th DIBC Open Bowling Tournament Saturday at Dubai International Bowling Center in Al Mamzar, Dubai, UAE. Oqab (center) fought a closely contested match against HRH Prince Mohammed Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, needing a spare and strike in the 10th frame to shut out the Prince and to win the title match, 214-200. Oqab bagged the top prize of 25,000 Dirham or roughly $6,800.



Paeng Nepomuceno named coach of Philippine bowling team

Republished courtesy of Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star; March 22, 2016)

USBCGoldCoachPaengNepomuceno_small.jpgPaeng Nepomuceno, the only bowler in history to win the World Cup four times, has been tasked to put the Philippines back on the right lane. The Philippine Bowling Congress has announced the appointment of the great bowler as head coach of the national team. Nepomuceno's contract, according to PBC executive vice president Steve Robles, has been forwarded to the Philippine Sports Commission for approval. There shouldn't be any problem with the PSC giving its stamp of approval.



Shinbata, Takebe emerge as Masters champions in 54th All Japan Bowling Championships

Aichi prefecture men win seventh consecutive Minister's Cup and eighth overall; Chiba women earn their third Minster's Cup

2016JBCYuhiShinbataKimieTakebe_small.jpg Japan National Team member Yuhi Shinbata of Tokyo prefecture and Kimie Takebe of Osaka emerged as men's and women's Masters champions in the MEXT Cup All Japan Bowling Championships. The 54th edition of the prestigious event was held from March 17-20 at Inazawa Grand Bowl in Inazawa-Shi, Aichi-Ken, the biggest bowling center in the world with 116 lanes on one floor. The Championships drew 519 bowlers, 315 men and 204 women, from 50 local associations.



Stunning victory for 17-year-old Ahmed Al-Awadhi in Bahrain

Bahraini youth bowlers leads qualifying, earns the No. 1 seed and defeats two-handed star Osku Palermaa in the deciding game to win his first World Bowling Tour title and $25,000

Ahmed Al-Awadhi (pictured), a 17-year-old youth bowler from Bahrain, won his first World Bowling Tour title when he defeated two-handed star Osku Palermaa of Finland in the decisive game, 240-220, to win the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship Wednesday Funland Bowling Center in Manama. The top-seeded Bahraini, who received seven pins youth handicap per game, had the advantage of having to lose two games to suffer defeat.



Field set for the final day at Bahrain Championship

Two-time PBA player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Finland led the remaining six players of Tuesday's Round 2 and 3 into the final day of competition of the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship Wednesday at Funland Bowling Center in Manama. Koivuniemi (pictured), who had a 1371 series in Round 2 to make the second cut in third place, used high games of 278, 265 and 256 and three games between 211 and 235 to lead the third round with 1469 total and an average of 244.83.

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